Sparked (Metal Bones #1)
by Sheena Snow
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult
Publication Date: 16 December, 2015
They weren’t supposed to have feelings.
Metal will Clash
In a not-too-distance future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.
Secrets will Unfold
The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.
Sparks will Fly
Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sparked is one of the very few books that have left me with mixed feelings; and not in a completely bad way…
Vienna doesn’t like robots, and so when her mum buys a chef-robot, things start to look bad. When she starts to feel like she’s being watched, and it becomes clear that some of these robots have feelings, everything goes downhill from there. Vienna is in danger; and Alec, the person who has taken it upon himself to help her, is a robot.
Vienna seems like a cool person. She’s smart, loyal to her friends and her beliefs, a bit tolerant, and very tenacious. One thing, though, that confused me about Vienna in the course of reading this book is the fact that she alternated between acting like a fourteen year old and a perfectly mature adult. Also, she did seem to have some overwhelming and underwhelming reactions to different situations. What really kept me reading the story (apart from the cool storyline) is the fact that Vienna never lost her determination to find out what was going on.
I do like the story, especially the pacing and the characterization; even though there are one or two things that happened out of no where, and with no proper build up. There are a few things that I feel the story can do without (the robot imprinting, aka “electron sharing”), and I never got to find out why some things happened the way they did; but I think the major selling point of this book is the plot, because it’s different and interesting.
About the Author:
Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.
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